Let her run for Malaysia, says father of dropped sprinter S. Komalam

IPOH: There’s nothing more that M. Selvaretnam wants than to watch his daughter, S. Komalam Shally, run for the country.

The 61-year-old father of four made an appeal in hopes that the national relay runner would be given a chance to compete in the coming Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017).

Komalam was dropped from the national squad as a disciplinary action against her.

“I have been watching her run since she was in Standard 6 and I am proud of her.

“Even though she did not win any medal in the 100m event in the Athletics South Africa Super Series in March, she managed to improve her own record (with 11.72s).

There’s nothing more that M. Selvaretnam wants than to watch his daughter, S. Komalam Shally, run for the country. Pix by Effendy Rashid

“I really want to see her compete for Malaysia in the KL2017 as she had been training for this since two years ago.

“I would like to apologise on Komalam’s behalf and hope that the relevant bodies would consider taking her back into the team.

“She has not stopped training even though the athletics team management had decided to axe her from competing in the meet due to a dispute with one of the coaches during a training session,” he told New Straits Times while holding back tears.

Meanwhile, Komalam, in a brief tele-conversation with NST confirmed that she had submitted an apology letter appealing to be allowed to compete in the event.

“I apologise for what had happened and I really want to represent the country in the Sea Games,” said the Ipoh-born, refusing to divulge details.

The 29-year-old was originally slated as the second runner in the 200m event. This would have been her third Sea Games outing.

She was dropped from 4x100m relay event after returning from the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship in India last month.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was reported as saying that the decision was made by the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) on legitimate grounds and that it had informed National Sports Council (NSC) and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) over the matter.